The Victory of Samotrace was removed less that a year ago for restoration. A team of experts worked on cleaning the representation of the statue so as to restore its natural white shade of its marble after more than a century of dust and filth rendered it a dirty yellow.
The 29-ton statue was reinstalled on its splendid location in the Louvre museum. Given its importance and its weight, it was the first time since World War II that the Victory of Samotrace was moved and the first time it was restored since it was installed in the staircase.
It was discovered 150 years ago by French diplomat and amateur archaeologist Charles Champoiseau and is one of the five most popular works at the Louvre Museum attracting almost 10 million visitors per year.